If you are anything like an average TV viewer, who is always looking to find the best in television entertainment, then, you probably have heard of Sling TV. In 2015, when the service was launched, it was the first of its kind to offer live TV over the Internet. With time, more such services have popped up in the industry. However, Sling TV still remains a top service in its domain and the cheapest one today. The reason for its popularity is simple. It offers a lot more for less and there is always a choice offered to the consumer. Let’s find out what these offers are and whether they are worth cutting the cord?
This is the primary offering from Sling TV that has wowed its users. Before Sling TV, cord-cutters had to make a choice between pay TV and streaming services. Sling TV, on the other hand, is a streaming service that offers live TV. This is truly amazing. Now, the viewers can simply watch all their favorite shows over the Internet without a pay TV connection. This was revolutionary to say the least. What’s even more interesting is that Sling TV users also get access to its on-demand library, which is 30,000 titles strong, fulfilling their binge-watching fix. In essence, Sling TV took away the compromise from the equation and game the users everything.
You can see a similartheme running through their plans as well, of which there are 3:
Sling Orange: This is the starting plan that costs only $20 per month and offers 30+ live channels. It includes a few popular networks like ESPN, ESPN2, Disney, AMC, CNN, and so on. Basically, a little of everything. The only problem is that you get only one stream at a time. So, the service can be enjoyed on only one device at any point in time.
Sling Blue: Fora monthly fee of $25, this plan offers multiple streams and you get over 40 channels. There are additional lifestyle channels, movie channels, and so on.
Sling Orange+Blue: As the name suggests, this plan comes with the goodies of both Orange and Blue plan. You are paying $40 a month for well above 60 channels and multiple streams. That’s a steal.
True to its spirits, Sling offers a la carte choices to its subscribers. The above plans act as base plans and then you can add all kinds of add-on packs to get more of what you like. These add-on packs include Sports Extra, Kids’ Extra, World News Extra, Comedy Plus Extra, and more. The best part is that each of them cost just $5 per month. So, you are not paying through your nose even if you are going for these a la carte options.
Then again, these are not your only choices. Other than the Extra plans, you can also choose the premium packages and regional programming. The prices vary from $5 a month to $15 a month.
However, there is a catch. As you go adding the add-on packs, the costs can stack up pretty quickly. You have to keep in mind that Sling TV packs are not designed for you to subscribe to all of them. They are designed so that youpay for exactly what you want.This way, you will not be burning a hole in your pocket to enjoy the content of your choice.
Cable TV providers make you sign long term contracts and charge you a range of hidden charges. These charges can include equipment costs, installation charges, and what not. As far as these issues are concerned, Sling TV is as good as an on-demand streaming service. There are no contracts, no installation charges, no device charges, no labor costs, and no other hidden costs. Just, sign up for the service and start watching your favorite shows.
Because you are not signing any contracts, you do not have to pay any finesif you decide to discontinue the service. Just like a streaming service, you can unsubscribe from Sling TV anytime you like. In fact, Sling TV gives you an option to test its service free for 7 days. If you do not like the service after 7 days, you don’t have to pay a single penny, and simply stop the service. Even if you pay and subscribe to the service, there is no termination fee or fine.
This is another feature of Sling TV that is characteristic of a streaming service. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and you can watch your favorite shows live from anywhere. Yes, live TV on the go is what you get with Sling TV. Your long commutes and boring airport waiting time will not be as taxing when you carry with you your own personal TV, all the time. Did we mention that most Android and iOS devices can play Sling TV content? Not to mention laptops, tablets, smart TVs, Roku devices, and many others.
Until recently, one glaring gap in the service offering of Sling TV was the absence of DVR service. It was in the experimental stage for the past 5 months or so,and obviously, not available to the larger audience. Sling TV recently launched the public version of its DVR service, which can be used on devices other than Roku. It is a cloud service, which means that when you record any content, it will not be saved locally on the device, but will be stored on the cloud.
So, you are not sacrificing any of your device’s memory. Currently, Sling TV offers 50 hours’ worth of recording space to its users for a price of $5 a month. Once you reach the limit, the oldest recorded shows will be deleted to make space for new content.
Again, Sling TV not only gives you the choice of how you watch your content, but also when you watch it. If you are in a busy meeting, save your TV shows on the cloud and watch them whenever you are free. Also, you can record multiple shows in one go. The only drawback is that the service is not supported by all channels.
Sling TV is a service that is built to offer true choice to its consumers. It ensures that its customers get what they want and they don’t have to compromise in any which way.